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There is much talk in the corridors of power about fighting corruption. I have seen members of parliament being herded to police for corruption, and local government officials being picked up on charges of embezzlement.

I am yet to see the ministers, permanent secretaries and heads of government corporations heading to police. Of public interest would be the head of the police being interrogated for corruption within the police!

A few weeks ago, President Museveni was televised stating that if all the corrupt people were arrested or stopped, he would have no colleagues to work with. This admission that his colleagues are corrupt came through rather snidely. However, the public knows that everyone and everything in Uganda happens corruptly.

A few years ago, Betty Kamya, the IGG, suggested a lifestyle audit; it was Museveni who rebuked the idea, stating publicly that we should tolerate the corrupt because they steal public funds and invest in Uganda.

Museveni cautioned that if the IGG goes after the corrupt, then, the corrupt may flee the country with their money to invest elsewhere. Thus, the corrupt in Uganda felt protected and reared like piglets! I wonder how Museveni would respond to an approach to fighting corruption which entails both lifestyle and forensic audits of public service and resources!

Mr Museveni has been undecided on stamping corruption for long. First, it keeps him in good stead with his colleagues and relatives in government; second, he holds sway over those he knows well are corrupt, but he needs them. Thus, corruption, to Museveni, became the token of procuring loyal cadreship. You can see how these NRM loyalists unflinchingly gnashed their teeth even on the tasteless Karimojong iron sheets!

The acerbic NRM corruption has penetrated the fabrics of this society and is now lodged indelibly in the societal conscience. If Museveni wishes to fight corruption, he must actually turn his system to fight corruption, not individuals.

As it is, this reactionary approach is truly tiptoeing in the shadow of the corrupt and leaving corruption as a concept, principle and practice within his government, untouched.

Morris Komakech
mordust_26@yahoo.ca

Bobi wrong on wearing military attire

The National Unity Platform (NUP) party leaders have been daring the armed forces from the time of the party’s inception.

I don’t think there is any country in the world that will just watch on when its national army is being disrespected. If the young people that Bobi Wine leads are interested in joining the army, they should be guided on the procedure of doing so.

The UPDF uniform isn’t for posing and creating impressions. It is for sacrifice and patriotism. It is for going on the war front to defend Uganda’s borders and interests.

Bobi Wine advised his followers to keep wearing military uniforms. It appears he enjoys seeing his supporters being arrested and charged in court. Government leaders have always advised the NUP supporters and followers that their leader is misleading them and continuously taking advantage of their radicalism to achieve his selfish interests.

What does wearing military attire add on the strength of NUP? Does it win them any support from the public?

Sam Orikunda,
Sheema district.

CDF right on errant drivers

The recent directive by the chief of defence forces (CDF) to arrest errant army drivers has returned some sanity to the roads. This could be directly related to the military Police that has been deployed on the roads to enforce the directive. The problem remains the number of “VIPs” in small, medium and large ‘convoys.’

Unless these convoys are equally directed on their modes of operation on our roads, the army drivers with or without pressure from their superiors will drive like crazy.

The number of VIPs is so much that at times it becomes hard to distinguish between who has the right of way and who does not. Therefore, the good intentions of Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba in bringing sanity to the roads will yield more fruit if the overwhelming ‘VIP’ convoys are strictly controlled as they ply the roads.

This is because we, the civilians, will give way at the smallest sight of an armed escort since that is how we interpret right of way.

Andrew Kasumba,
Kampala

Wangadya defends human rights

The issue of missing NUP supporters was never reported to the Commission at all, not until November 10, 2022 when the current chairperson Mariam Wangadya wrote to the NUP secretary general requesting him to forward the list or lists of the alleged missing supporters.

Remember from its 2019, 2020 and 2021 annual reports, the Commission had been reporting or making inventories to parliament about allegations of abductions and enforced disappearances.

The same allegations continued, mostly on the social media X platform and Facebook through the better part of 2022 with claims that thousands of NUP supporters had been disappeared.

This prompted the chairperson to launch a special inquiry, which included writing to the NUP secretary general and also making a general appeal to whoever had information on the matter to approach the Commission.

In total, the NUP secretary general presented to the Commission 30 names, of which the Commission was able to ascertain the whereabouts
of 18 of them.

The Commission enumerated the difficulties it went through to even have an audience with some alleged relatives of the said missing persons in the special report it issued on October 10, 2023; so, the chairperson’s conclusions about this issue were based on the results of that special investigation.

It is true the Commission has been grappling with the issue of limited funds and up to now the situation hasn’t improved. In the past financial year, the Commission received Shs 400 million to carry out its core mandate as enumerated in Article 52(2) of the Constitution. Anyone can look through that mandate and judge whether that money is sufficient for the institution to serve every corner of the country.

Alex Bukumunhe,
Kampala

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